• The 2011 It List

    What makes a waterpark great? For five years now, we’ve showcased the best of the best in our annual it Book, and one thing is clear: The world’s top waterparks go above and beyond when it comes to amenities, commitment to guest service and theming.

     
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    Colorado Outbreak Prompts Warnings at 41 Pools

    Several confirmed cases of a recreational water illness have prompted the Pueblo City-County (Colorado) Health Department to post warnings at all pools in the county

     
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    Report: Waterpark Resort Growth Slowest In Decade

    The recession continues to impact waterpark resort development and a report from Cleveland-based Hotel Leisure Advisors, LLC indicates growth this year is the slowest in a decade

     
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    New Study Links Pool DBPs to Cancer, Birth Defects

    Pool patrons may risk exposure to a chlorine-byproduct linked with cancer and birth defects, according to new research

     
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    CPSC Approves Successor Drain Standard

    In a unanimous vote the Consumer Product Safety Commission has approved a new drain cover standard.

     
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    Top Waterparks | International

    Wild Wadi is uniquely situated for a waterpark.

     
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    Top Waterparks | International

    Half of the architectural wonder that was the competitive swimming venue for the Beijing Olympics, the Water Cube is now an outstanding and enormous indoor waterpark.

     
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    Top Waterparks | International

    The Gold Coast’s pioneer waterpark, Wet ‘N’ Wild is a part of a three-park package that also includes a SeaWorld and Warner Bros.

     
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    Top Public Waterparks

    Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark generates comparatively high attendance in a market with a limited population and competing facilities.

     
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    Top Waterparks |International

    Malaysia’s Sunway Lagoon is part of a resort complex featuring a diverse mix of entertainment, retail and hospitality.

     
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    Top Waterparks | International

    Waterparks are most successful when they target and serve the needs of their market.

     
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    Top Waterparks | U.S.& Canada

    Located within the Walt Disney World complex in Orlando, Fla., Typhoon Lagoon is one of two large waterparks operated by Walt Disney World.

     
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    Top Aquatic Resorts

    While it promotes itself as the Sidari Water Park Hotel, ideal for families as well as those seeking peace and quiet, this popularly

     
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    Top Waterpark Resorts

    Wilderness Resort is located in Sevierville, Tenn., known as the gateway to the Smoky Mountains. It now includes approximately 1,500 guest rooms and the Wild Waterdome, a 6-acre, indoor waterpark.

     
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    Top Waterparks | U.S.& Canada

    Soak City waterpark is located adjacent to Cedar Point, which is consistently ranked one of North America’s top amusement parks.

     
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    Top Public Waterparks

    Magic Waters is one of only a few publicly owned waterparks that started out as private ventures.

     
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    Top Public Waterparks

    NRH2O is one of the nation’s most successful publicly owned waterparks.

     
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    Top Waterparks | U.S. & Canada

    Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, located outside San Antonio,features some of the most imaginative and exciting waterpark rides in the United States.

     
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    Top Public Waterparks

    Located outside Denver, Water World is somewhat of an anomaly among public sector waterparks.

     
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    Top Waterpark Resorts

    Kalahari Waterpark Resort & Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., offers an exotic safari experience for meeting attendees and vacationing families alike.

     
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    Top Aquatic Resorts

    The former Sheraton Laguna Nusa Dua in Indonesia now is simply the Laguna, a luxury collection resort and spa.

     
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    Top Waterpark Resorts

    Grand Harbor Resort in Dubuque, Iowa, has 194 rooms with a 25,000-square-foot indoor waterpark, themed for the nearby Mississippi River.

     
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    Top Aquatic Resorts

    The Grand Wailea’s extensive outdoor aquatic features truly live up to the word “grand.”

     
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    Top Aquatic Resorts

    In a metro area with several waterparks, San Antonio’s Hyatt Wild Oak Ranch continues to stand out as an elegant resort where guests talk about how they love the 800-foot-long lazy river more than anything else on the property.

     
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    Top Public Waterparks

    Opened in 1995, Deep River Water Park has consistently attracted attendance of approximately 200,000 to 250,000, despite being located in a rural area of Lake County, Ind.

     
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    Top Waterpark Resorts

    Opened in 2006, Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is connected to three hotels, offering a total of 1,110 rooms and 200,000 square feet of meeting space.

     
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    Top Aquatic Resorts

    The 1,500 room-plus Gaylord Texan hotel in Grapevine, Texas, is a one-of-a-kind, highly themed hotel with 400,000 square feet of meeting, convention and exhibit space.

     
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    Top Waterparks | U.S.& Canada

    This 60-acre, South Pacific-themed waterpark is located in Orlando across International Drive from SeaWorld.

     
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    Top Waterparks | U.S.& Canada

    Opened in June 2010, Calypso Waterpark is perhaps North America’s best new waterpark.

     
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    Top Waterpark Resorts

    Nestled among the acres of pines along the Wisconsin River, ChulaVista Resort has 620 rooms with 200,000 square feet of multifunction meeting space.